Schools in the Ellenbrook community combined on Friday the 27 April to commemorate Anzac Day at the Woodlake Amphitheatre in Ellenbrook.
Students from Primary and Secondary schools joined Premier Colin Barnett; Bill Gaynor, President of the RSL; Fran Alban, MLA; ex-service men and members of the Ellenbrook community to show their respect for the soldiers who fought in World War 1 and also to remember others who have served Australia at war.
St Helena’s Catholic School and Ellenbrook Primary School provided choirs for the day and lead the Amphitheatre with renditions of Advance Australia Fair, I am Australian and a song written by an ex student of St Helena’s, Jazz Cappeau, called Gallipoli Shores.
Colin Barnett addressed the students and families and spoke about his thoughts on Anzac Day followed by students from each of the surrounding schools speaking about what Anzac Day means to them.
Students listened to the Rouse, observed a minute’s silence, listened to RSL president Bill Gaynor reading the ode, laid wreaths and then finished off the ceremony with the Reveille. The Anzac spirit is still strong within the younger generation.